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Following recent easing of lockdown measures the Government is now encouraging social landlords to resume maintenance work where safe to do so. Please read our Planned Investment - Remobilisation statement for more information.
We have been regularly updating residents since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, including the latest government advice. We would also like to share a letter from the Minister for Housing setting out the measures that are in place to support social housing residents during the next phase towards reopening society.
You can find the latest government advice on coronavirus here. This includes guidance on work, travel and meeting with friends and family.
We are working hard to interpret this new advice, consider next steps and what this means for the safe return of more of our services. Any change to our services will be posted on this page.
We’ve set up a programme of calls to our older residents, conducting welfare checks and ensuring that they have any help they need. Residents have access to a wealth of support and guidance through our charitable foundation, Clarion Futures, including help with applying for benefits, finding a job or managing money. We’re also providing grants to a number of partners through our Emergency Support Fund, ensuring organisations such as food banks can continue to support communities through these unprecedented times.
The situation is ever-changing, but it has brought people and communities together, and we’re proud of Clarion staff, residents and partners who have gone the extra mile to support others.
Read coronavirus updates from Michelle Reynolds, our Chief Operating Officer at Clarion Housing Group.
We understand this will be a very difficult time for many people, but it’s really important you continue to pay your rent to avoid future financial difficulty.
We want to help you as best we can and provide guidance on the options available to you. If you would like to discuss this with a member of the Customer Accounts team, please complete this form and a team member will be in contact.
There will be no evictions in Clarion homes for non-payment of rent during the coronavirus emergency.
You could also explore the links below which provide information on the benefits from government you may be eligible to access.
We also run an additional support service called Guideline, which cannot support directly on rent payments, but provides advice on budgeting. They can arrange support to access specialist debt advice and are continuing to help people find employment opportunities. If you would like to speak to one our Guideline team members, please complete this form.
We have set-up a programme of rolling phone calls to our residents, to help their wellbeing and make sure they can access support if they need. Thousands of calls are being made every day.
Our LiveSmart schemes for over 55s have closed their communal spaces, but every resident now receives a daily call from the scheme manager and all have a personal alarm – monitored 24/7 by a call centre.
Clarion Futures continues to provide as much support to residents and communities as we can, still delivering services but doing it while adopting social distancing. You can learn more about our teams and contact them here:
As most of us are spending more time at home there is an increased risk of an accidental fire happening, which means we need to take extra care to prevent this.
By being extra vigilant this will also help to reduce the pressure on our emergency services and NHS, which is very important during this critical time.
Please take the time to read through our fire safety advice and think about what steps you need to take in your own home to prevent a fire from happening.
We have now moved to an emergency and urgent only repairs service, which means our focus will be on completing the most serious repairs.
Emergency repairs (attendance within 24 hours)
Urgent repairs (attendance within 7 days)
We are continuing with urgent housing visits and our caretaking and environmental services. This means our caretakers will continue to keep estates clean and tidy and, with fire and trip hazards removed. This is all to keep your neighbourhoods feeling as normal as possible.
Energy firms are putting in place new measures to help prepayment customers who are unable to top up their cards at the current time. The advice varies per provider. This useful link offers help and advice.
University College London has launched a study into the psychological and social effects of Coronavirus in the UK. Researchers are aiming to recruit a large sample of adults living in the UK to help understand the effects of coronavirus and social distancing measures on individuals. They will then use the data to help them to track trajectories of mental health and loneliness in the UK over the coming weeks by identifying which groups are most at risk and to understand the effects of any potentially protective activities people could be engaging in.Take part in the survey led by University College London today
The survey is not linked to Clarion, but the researchers are keen to include as many people as possible and feed their experiences back to government and Public Health England.